Posted: Feb 27, 2013 6:30 PM by KXLF
Updated: Feb 27, 2013 6:38 PM
Between 2007 and 2011 nearly 900 people died in vehicle crashes on Montana roads.
Sixty-seven percent of those people were not wearing seatbelts, according to the Butte-Silver Bow Health Department.
The health department is asking the council of commissioners to accept a grant that will increase seatbelt use in Butte. The Buckle Up Montana Grant is for $35,000 a year, according to Mary Jo Stosich, case manager for the Butte-Silver Bow Health Department.
The grant is provided by the department of transportation. The grant will help continue safety education on seatbelts and child restraints. Their goal is to have nearly 90 percent of the community wearing their seatbelt by 2015.
There are people who always wear their seatbelts, but it's always good to be reminded, Stosich said.